Blue Ridge Mountains

October is Virginia Wine Month on the Monticello Wine Trail

Thomas Jefferson had a vision for viniferous activity in his beloved Virginia.  Though perhaps his grape-growing dreams didn't come to fruition in his life time, today the wine industry is thriving all around his historic home.  So much so, that Virginia is now a destination for wine tourism. The Monticello Wine Trail In the Blue Ridge Mountains, fall temps and brilliant foliage usher in Virginia Wine Month along…
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Balsam Mountain; a cabin rental beyond all others

One of my favorite vacations was when the family spent a week in a cabin we rented in the mountains.  The scenery, fresh air, and outdoor activities; it was the perfect getaway.  That’s why I had to learn more when I found out about this unique way of renting a mountain cabin. Tucked in the Balsam Mountains of North Carolina's Blue Ridge, is an out-of-the-ordinary community of rental…
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Finding the Griswold Christmas tree in Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland Fraser Firs in the North Carolina Mountains If you're a fan of the movie Christmas Vacation, you know well the scene where the Griswolds forgo traditional tree lots in search of the ultimate Griswold Family Christmas Tree. I practically know that movie verbatim so I was thrilled to finally go on our own, slightly less comical, quest for the perfect Christmas tree. We found our…
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Five things you’ll love about a Bed & Breakfast

Hood House in Hood, Virginia Homey, cozy, romantic, charming, quaint... these are only a few adjectives that come to mind when thinking of a stay in a Bed and Breakfast.  A popular alternative to hotels, the term B&B encompasses a wide variety of guest houses and is a form of lodging which provides a very different mood and atmosphere for an over night stay. I recently had the…
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Fried Chicken and Bubbles; a fun pairing at Virginia’s Early Mountain Vineyards

  When I first heard the name of the event I had a hard time wrapping my head around the concept. Fried chicken with bubbles? I'd never really thought of bubbly with much other than New Year's Eve and mimosas. Nonetheless, I was intrigued at the thought of pairing sparkling wine with something so traditionally Southern – this would be interesting. For the record, like many I used…
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